I have some questions about the lore that i do not fully understand how they translate into game mechanics, and vice versa. I know the backstory of the lore (how it was formed across several D&D campaigns, and a great deal other created for the game) but there are some spots that are particularly hazy to me, that i would have use of as i intend to introduce my pen&paper group to Erebus in a system we use. I was wondering how the mana crystals in the game translate to magic and mana in the lore. I know of the Gems of Creation, but other than the gems and a mention of what i assume is a Mind crystal from Garrim Gyr's entry, i don't know how magic takes physical form. Are there deposits of magical crystals in the world? How are they utilized for magical spellcasting, and what would the difference be between having a man-sized chunk of Law magic differ from having a vault of it (if it would be so prevalent). Are they consumed when used, so that you must frequently mine for more? And how do they relate to the Gems of Creation themselves? Another question i have is how the Illians relate to the ice and snow around them. If, as is especially prominent in Magister's modmod, they thrive on icy land, how do they feed themselves? For a while i though that perhaps Mulcarn had gifted them with the power to subsist on snow and water alone, but this seems to not be the case (as Auric's parents for example were farmers). A third question relates to goblins: How did they come to be? I know the orcs are the corrupted servants of Bhall, transformed during her fall from grace, but from where did goblins come? Not knowing this, i had planned to explain this as them being the fallen version of halflings (i know there are no such thing as hobbits or halflings in Erebus as it would clash with the dark fantasy, but i would explain that as them dying off from wars and erased entirely during the Age of Ice). Also touching on that topic, what of Frostlings? I know they are something akin to demons of ice (or perhaps ice spirits in physical form may be more accurate), but are there any particular reason why they are so similar to goblins in visual appearance? Fourth and finally, there are some facets of the Bannor's existence in Hell i do not entirely understand. Which part was it they inhabited? How did they survive the fall, including not facing the fire and fury of Bhall and her fallen angels once they arrived? I also seem to recall seeing a post somewhere by our venerable MagisterCultuum indicating that they were not-entirely-human while there, requiring no nourishment nor procreation - but then shouldn't they have been very, very easy pickings for the demons? And, who from Patria were they? Capria's family as i understood it were nobles, but is anything told of the others?